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Giving back to the community

November 20 2018 | Articles | News

(Northwards' independent living officer Lisa Anderton volunteers at St Anne's church in Ancoats)

Everything we do at Northwards ties into our values, one of which is "supporting communities to be successful".

We do this in lots of different ways but one thing our staff love to do is to really get involved in the north Manchester area and many give up their own time to volunteer. 

We also run NICE (Northwards Improving the Community and Environment) days, where staff help out at a foodbank or with a charity collection or spend a day painting a community facility, for example.

Independent living officer Lisa Anderton works with residents to help ease pressures on the NHS by day. In her spare time, however, she helps out at St Anne's church in Ancoats, serving refreshments, and took part in a deep clean over the summer.

She said: "I was cleaning until 10.20pm one night. I'm probably the youngest helper so I get all the high jobs because I can get up on the ladders! I do give up my time but I just do what I do - I just think it's part of life."

Passion and commitment

Emma Foster, head of neighbourhood services for the Monsall Street office, is a trustee for the Wise Owl Trust, which looks after three primary schools, including Briscoe Lane Academy.

She said: "A lot of the young people are likely to become tenants of the future so, if we set them up now with the right support and the right level of nurturing, they will become successful tenants and active members of our community. Because I work here, I have real passion and commitment for north Manchester and for making it an even better community in the future."

When he's not thinking about helping to improve north Manchester, head of regeneration Greig Lees has been helping the next generation, having spent more than four years as a Co-operative Academy governor.

And Tracy Langton, principal rent and welfare reform team leader, shares her knowledge by being a trustee at Cheetham Hill Advice Centre, offering debt and welfare rights advice to the community.

She is also on the board at the Helena Kennedy Foundation in London, where grants are given out to people from all over the country, including disadvantaged students from north Manchester.

Are you interested in volunteering? Visit www.do-it.org to find opportunities near you

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